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Another short-lived, overfunded startup is shutting down: Primary Data

A startup that’s operating in stealth mode raises an almost stunning amount of money before it releases a product. Investors write outsized checks to the outfit anyway because of the people involved in it, but before you know it, poof, the company is imploding, and the capital is gone. It’s a story that industry watchers know well at this point. Clinkle — the payments reward network that raised what was at the time the “largest seed round in Silicon Valley history,” then never released a product, remains the most widely mocked example of the genre. Another related flop: Airtime, a video chat service that was created by Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning and launched with so much fanfare that you just knew it wasn’t going far. The latest example follows a similar trajectory. It’...

Montana governor’s executive order could force ISPs to follow net neutrality rules

The FCC’s wildly unpopular decision to kill net neutrality has sent legislators, companies and individuals scrambling for ways to keep the Obama-era regulations in place. A new bid by Montana Governor Steve Bullock would cut through much of the red tape and force internet service providers to abide by earlier net neutrality rules. Bullock, a second-term Democrat, told The New York Times that he plans to sign an executive order today that would bar any ISP with a state government contract from blocking or charging added fees for access to an existing website. “If you want to do business with Montana,” the governor said in the interview, “there are standards on net neutrality you will have to follow.” The new rule would impact any new or newly renewed contract inked after July 1 of this year...

Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre ‘complete and utter garbage’

The always outspoken Linus Torvalds, best known for his continuing work on the innermost code of Linux systems, has harsh words to say and accusations to level against Intel. His evaluation of Intel’s latest proposed fix for the Meltdown/Spectre issue: “the patches are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE.” As a potential line of inquiry, he suggests: “Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane?” (Asterisk his.) These and other kind epithets are awarded by Torvalds in a public email chain between him and David Woodhouse, an engineer at Amazon in the UK, regarding Intel’s solution as relating to the Linux kernel. The issue is (as far as I can tell as someone far out of their depth) a clumsy and, Torvalds argues, “insane” implementation of a fix that essentially does nothing whil...

DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9’s “PRhyme 2” Gets Release Date

DJ Premier confirmed to HipHopDX that the long awaited, almost mythical PRhyme 2 was done last November. Now, it looks like the Royce Da 5’9 and Preemo collab has a release date. As listed on the Fat Beats website, the album is expected to arrive on March 16 and pre-orders are available now. The tracklist, cover art and featured artists will be revealed the first week of February as stated on the website. Preemo and Nickel Nine dropped the original PRhyme in 2014 to critical acclaim. In fact, DX dubbed it Album of the Year in 2014.  DX reached out to Premier who was not immediately available for comment. (The original version of this article was published on November 2, 2017 and can be found below.) DJ Premier has just announced a partnership with the iconic Payday Records imprint, which h...

TDE Announces The Championship Tour Featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA & More

The roster of talent at Top Dawg Entertainment will soon hit the road as part of the label’s newly-announced, The Championship Tour. Headlined by Kendrick Lamar, the tour was first announced early Monday (January 22) in a flyer uploaded to social media by Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. . @TopDawgEnt PRESENTS: THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR pic.twitter.com/UOCPJIcyQh — TOP DAWG #TDE (@dangerookipawaa) January 22, 2018 In addition to a slew of North American dates, the flyer features the names of the artists who will be joining K-Dot. Those artists include fellow Black Hippy’s, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock, as well as SZA, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker. Noticeably missing from the flyer is TDE artist Isaiah Rashad. Twitter was quick to point out Isaiah’s absence, and immediately expressed its need fo...

“Everyday Struggle” Announces Joe Budden’s Replacement

New York, NY – Drama ensued following Joe Budden’s sudden announcement that he was leaving his hosting duties on Everyday Struggle last month. But as the Complex series kicks off the new year and its second season, co-hosts DJ Akadamiks and Nadeska Alexis have announced Budden’s replacement as Troi “Star” Torain. Everyday Struggle posted a video to Twitter on Monday (January 22) revealing the news. “Everyday Struggle officially returns today!” the caption reads. “@neweryork and @IamAkademiks are kicking things off by welcoming our new co-host Star (@troitorain) to The Struggle.” Everyday Struggle officially returns today! @neweryork and @IamAkademiks are kicking things off by welcoming our new co-host Star (@troitorain) to The Struggle. https://t.co/7qJeStpCd4 pic.twitter.com/GTd8YX4gwg — ...

Eminem, Dr. Dre & Mike WiLL Made-It Are In The Studio Together

Detroit, MI – Judging by Mike WiLL Made-It’s most recent Instagram post, it’s safe to say the talented producer is hyped about his current situation. Alongside a photo of himself in a studio with the location marked 8 Mile West in Detroit, he quoted some of Eminem’s lyrics from 2002’s “Lose Yourself.” “I ONLY NEED 1 SHOT I WONT MISS MY CHANCE TO BLOW , CAUSE OPPORTUNITY COMES ONCE N A LIFETIME, STILL HUMBLE, ON GOD!,” he wrote on Monday (January 22). Amid the same backdrop, Slim Shady, who just released his ninth studio album Revival, posted a photo of himself with his longtime collaborator Dr. Dre to social media on Monday morning (January 22), making it obvious all three of them are in the studio together. Em captioned the photo, “Still Aftermath!” Still Aftermath! pic.twitter.com/lJU0hr...

Cardi B Defends Offset Amid “Queers” Lyric Controversy

Cardi B has chosen to stand by her fiancé Offset amid controversy surrounding his “I cannot vibe with queers” lyric on YFN Lucci’s “Boss Life.” In a livestream uploaded to social media, Cardi explained that Offset is not homophobic and shows the LGBTQ community the same respect he shows others. “I’m not gonna let somebody call him homophobic when I know that he’s not,” Cardi said. “And I’m saying this because I see him around gays. And he treats them with the same respect he treats everybody. He never acts uncomfortable. And he just don’t care.” [embedded content] Prior to coming to Offset’s defense in the video, Cardi questioned why people are quick to attack rather than educate. The creator of “Bodak Yellow” even recalled a time when she was criticized for her use of the word “tranny.” “...

Inter Milan sign Barcelona’s Rafinha on loan with option to buy

Rafinha will spend the rest of the season with Inter Milan. Barcelona have confirmed that Rafinha has joined Serie A side Inter Milan on loan until the end of the season. The Italian club will have an option to sign the midfielder for €35 million in the summer, with another €3m potentially due in add-ons if the deal is completed. Sources had told ESPN FC on Saturday that the option to buy would become compulsory if Inter qualify for next season’s Champions League, but that has not been confirmed by either club at this stage. Luciano Spalletti’s Inter are fourth in Serie A, which would see them qualify for Europe’s premier competition next season, level with third-placed Lazio on 43 points. “Barca have reached an agreement with Inter for Rafinha to join the Italian c...

Alexis Sanchez aims parting shot at former Arsenal players

With the Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap confirmed, Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes break down the deal from both sides. Alexis Sanchez has hit out at former Arsenal players who “cause damage” with their media speculation, and insisted he always gave 100 percent for the club. Sanchez posted an Instagram message thanking Arsenal staff, teammates and fans on Monday after completing his highly anticipated move to Manchester United. But he also aimed a dig at pundits who have questioned his commitment in recent weeks. “There are people (former club players) who have spoken with no knowledge of what happens inside the club and cause damage. I must say I always gave 100 percent, until the last day, when I asked to the Mister [manager] to be in the team, because I wante...

PSG’s Dani Alves still upset at referee’s decision to show him red card

All three goals in PSG-Lyon were world-class, though none was more important than Memphis Depay’s wonder goal in the final minute of stoppage time to give Lyon the win. Paris Saint-Germain right-back Dani Alves is still angry about the red card he received in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Lyon, and the Brazil international has taken to Instagram to express his dissatisfaction. Alves, 34, looked set to receive a second-half booking from referee Clement Turpin at Groupama Stadium but instead talked himself into a straight dismissal and Marco Verratti was lucky not to join him after getting involved. “The decisions have already been taken and the battle has already been lost but I still think that Mr. Referee fudged his decision,” Alves wrote. “Since when is not agreein...